Instructions to authors

Manuscripts have to be sent to the email address

Accompanying the manuscript, the author for correspondence has to address a note to the General Editor requesting the consideration of the contribution for publication. In that note, the author can, also, concisely explain the objective of the contribution and why it could be of interest for the average reader of BAG, propose an associate editor and up to four potential referees fom Argentina or foreign countries and the names of preferred and non-preferred referees (the latter with clear fundamentation). For studies of experimental nature o involving human beings, the author for correspondence has to send a second note to the general editor stating (as it may correspond) that the rights of humans and/or animals have been obliged in their development, with adjustment to universal ethical norms, and that no negative environmental impact has been generated. The General Editor by him(her)self or after consulting the Editorial Board decides if the contribution falls within the scope of the journal and if it is formally acceptable (it contains all sections, the instructions to authors have been closely followed, it is written in good English or Spanish, as it may correspond, among others).

If the contribution has formal problems, it will be returned to the author for correspondence to solve them before the editorial process is started.


Peer evaluation process

If the received manuscript has no formal problems, the General Editor will contact the Associate Editor considered to be the best for handling that particular contribution, and trying to avoid possible conflicts of interest. The Associate Editor, in time, will contact two referees (minimum) external to the editorial board, and will apply the “double blind” system for the evaluation process. Based on the referees´ evaluations, the Associate Editor will sent to the General Editor one of the following recommendations:

1. Acceptable in its actual version
2. Acceptable with minor corrections
3. Reconsiderable after major corrections
4. Not acceptable.

For (3), the reviewers will be consulted about their disposition to evaluate the revised version. If the answer is negative, the revised version will be sent to other reviewers.

The final decision on the acceptance of a manuscript is the sole responsability of the General Editor. The evaluation process takes, approximately, two or three months.

NOTE: As part of the editorial process, manuscripts accepted for publication in JBAG, written in Spanish or English, are subjected to mechanical line editing, consisting in the application of the particular style of the journal, and paying attention to grammar, sintaxis and use of language. Some manuscripts, in addition, have to be subjected to substantive editing, which entails organization and presentation of content to improve the style, although respecting the author´s, and eliminating ambiguities, among other modifications.

Due to the cost of editing (carried out by specialists), SAG will finance a maximum per manuscript (equivalent, approximately, to U$50.00 or its equivalent in the local currency); if the total editing cost of a manuscript is higher, the difference has to be covered by the authors.

Orientatively, and for manuscripts with substantial modifications, the amount to be financed by the author would be similar to the one financed by SAG.

The correspondent author has two opportunities for controlling and approving the manuscript to be published: after style correction and after text layout in the journal format. In the latter, the only modifications that can be made without any cost for the author are those due to errors in text layout or to minor errors of the author. Major modifications due to author´s errors could be make (although they are not desirable) but with a cost for the author. Depending on their magnitude, the General Editor will decide if the modifications can be accepted, or if the manuscript has to undergo a new revision, in which case it will not be published in the journal number for which it had been previously accepted. As a guidance, and for manuscripts with major modifications, the amount to be covered by the author would be similar to the maximum covered by SAG:


Parts of the manuscript

They have to be arranged as follows:

a. Title, author(s) and institutional affiliation(s)
b. Abstract and key words in English
c. Abstract and key words in Spanish
d. Main Text
e. Titles of tables and legends of figures
f. Tables y figures

The text has to be written in Times New Roman size 12, double spaced, numbering lines (in Office Word, click in “file”, “configure page”, “design”) and pages. 

The sending to the email address is composed of:

1. Note(s) to the General Editor
2. Electronic file of the manuscript (a, b, c, d, e) in .doc, .rtf or .odt. format.
3. If it corresponds, electronic file(s) of table(s) and/or figure(s) numbered(s) in Arabic numbers (f).

The files have to be labeled with the first author´s last name, followed by a low dash and the corresponding part, for example: Pérez_main text, Pérez_note1, Pérez_note2, Pérez_fig1, and so on.

First page

It has to contain title, author(s), institutional affiliation(s) and abbreviated title.

a. Title
Written in bold capital letters and centered, not exceeding 200 characters with spaces included.

b. Authors
Complete last name and name initial(s) of each author, according to the order of authorpship when there is more than one author, in capital letters and centered, indicating with superscript(s) the institutional affiliation(s) written in italics.

c. Abbreviated title
Not exceeding 50 characters , with spaces included.

Second Page

d. Abstract in English
It has to include the same sections of the abstract in Spanish

e. Key words in English
They have to be equivalent to the key words in Spanish

f. Abstract in Spanish*
It has to be clear and concise, and include introduction, objectives, materials and methods, main results and conclusion, in a maximum of 250 words.

g. Key words in Sapnish*
From three to five; preferably not included in the main title

*Note: the author for correspondence can request the translation of the abstract and key words in English to Spanish to the General Editor, if Spanish is not his/her native tongue.

Following pages

Main text
It has to be written in a clear and concise manner, and be easily understandable by a wide audience. Sentences do not have to start with abbrevations or numbers. One-digit numbers have to be written in letters except when they refer to results of statistical analyses or are followed by units of measure (e.g., 2 ml). In original research contributions, the following sections have to be included. INTRODUCTION, MATERIALS AND METHODS, RESULTS, DISCUSSION, BIBLIOGRAPHY and ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS (if it corresponds), in bold capital letters, on the left. Subtitles have to be written in italics (not bold), on the left, using capital letters only for the first letter.

Reviews can contain subtitles (not numbered) replacing the sections, on the left, in bold.

Referentes cited in the main text
They have to include only last name(s) of the author(s) and year of publication, and be cited in the BIBLIOGRAPHY section.

(Dimitri, 1978) or Dimitri (1978)
(Jacob y Monod, 1961) or Jacob y Monod (1961)
(Morgan et al., 1915) or Morgan et al. (1915)

Personal communications have to be cited only in the main text, e.g. Rodríguez (com. pers.) if it is written in Spanish, and Rodríguez (comm. pers.) if it is written in English.

The first time they are used, abbreviated words have to be written in full, with the abbreviation in parenthesis. Common abbreviations, e.g., hour (h) or kilometer (km) can be used without any explanation.

When possible, they should be avoided.

Physical units, symbols and abbreviations
They have to follow the International System of Units. Units used along a text have to be uniform.

Scientif names of organims
They have to be written in italics, as has any other word in a language different from the one in use. Scientific names mentioned for the first time in each section have to be written in a complete form (genus- speciesauthor-cultivar, botanical variety o subspecies, as it may correspond). Following, generic names can be abbreviated but taking special care to avoid confusion if the name of two or more genera begin with the same letter.

Common names of organisms
They have to be accompanied by the corresponding scientific names when mentioned for the first time. For some genera, it could be useful to give, in addition, the name of the family and/or higher taxonomic category.

Generic and common names of chemical reagents have to be written in lower case letters.

Gene designations have to be written in italics, using upper case letters for the wild type and lower case letters for the mutant type; protein designations should be written in normal, upper case letters.


It has to contain all references cited in the main text, except personal communications. . To that end, the journal has adopted the norms specified in The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition, The University of Chicago Press, Chicago and London; 2010.


a. Periodical Journal
Last name and initials of the author (if there are various authors, separated with commas), year of publication in parenthesis, title of contribution, abbreviated name of the journal, volumen, initial and final pages.
Gelvin S.B. (1998) The introduction and expression of transgenes in plants. Curr. Opin. Biotechnol. 9: 227-232. Johnston S.A., den Nijs T.M., Peloquin S.J., Hanneman Jr. R.E. (1980) The significance of genic balance to endosperm development in interspecific crosses. Theor. Appl. Genet. 57: 5–9.

b. Book
Last name and initials of the author (if there are various authors, separated with commas), year of publication in parenthesis, title of book, publisher and place of publication.
Baselga I.M., Blasco M.A. (1989) Mejora genética del conejo de producción de carne. Editorial Mundi-Prensa, Madrid, España.

c. Book chapter
Last name and initials of the author (if there are various authors, separated with commas), year of publication in parenthesis, title of chapter, last name and initials of the book editor(s), title of the book, editorial and place of edition.
Lenz L.W., Wimber D.E. (1959) Hybridization and inheritance in orchids. In: Withner C.L. (Ed.) The orchids, a scientific survey. Malabar Krieger, Florida, pp. 261-314.

d. Dissertations
Last name and initials of the author, year of publication in parenthesis, title of dissertation, type of dissertation, University, place of publication
Neal K.C. (1998) Characterization of the organization and paramutagenicity of the maize R-marbled allele. M.S. thesis, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.

e. Communications in scientific events (only if strictly necessary)
Lerner S.E., Arrigoni A., Rogers W.J. ¿Cuál es el rol de la variabilidad genética en la sustentabilidad del sistema trigo? Comunicaciones Libres XXXVII Congreso Argentino de Genética, 21-24 setiembre 2008, Tandil, Buenos Aires; p. 33.

f. Web pages
Aphis (2010) (accessed February 2010).

Note: additional or unsolicited information does not have to be included.


They have to be prepared in separated pages, numbered with Arabic numbers, and cited as such (not included) in the main text. They have to be sent in Excell and, in addition, in TIF, JPG or PDF format.

The title has to be placed above the table, written in lower case letter, with the first word begining with upper case letter; they have to be understandable by themselves, without suggesting interpretations of the data.

Units and statistical parameters have to be clearly explained either in the main body of the table or in the footnotes.

In each table, the number of lines has to be reduced to a minimum; its is usually enough to have three horizontal lines: one in the upper part below the title and above column headings, the second below column headings, and the third along the last row and above any type of table footnote. Use of vertical lines has to be avoided, except if it is strictly necessary.

Footnotes to the table have to be indicated with lower case superscripts

All tables in one work have to be (if feasible) uniform in format. Tables have to be numbered independendently of figures.


They include drawings, photographs and graphics. They have to be presented in separate pages, numbered with Arabic numbers and cited as such (not included) in the main text. Legends have to be self-explicative and located outside the figure, in the lower side, followed by the descriptions (if any).

Graphs have to represent the data in a simple and easily understandable form, and be used to summarize data in a more effective way than words.

For microphotographs, the magnification has to be indicated on them, with a bar scale; the size of the bar scale, in turn, has to be indicated in the figure legend and not in the microphotographs themselves.When the same magnification is used for several images that form one figure, it is advisable to use only one scale bar.

Figures can occupy, in width, one or both columns of a page (either 7.5 or 15.0 cm, respectively).

Preparation of figures files
Figures have to be sent in individual files in JPG or TIF format. Half-tone or photographic works have to be saved as TIF files with a minimum resolution of 300 ppi, in their final size. It is recommended that combinations of figures or artistic works containing photographs and text be saved as PDF files with 600 ppi resolution or, better, in their final size.

It is the sole responsability of the author(s) to obtain the corresponding authorizations from editorial offices or the like when copyright materials (e.g., figures or tables) are reproduced. 

Mathematical symbols and formulas
Special tipography, if used, has to be sent for layout purposes after manuscript acceptance